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Just a quick check-in tonight.

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After a day of teaching, training and computer work, I cooked my favorite lemon parmesan salmon recipe for dinner.

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And we took Zoey and Sullie for a sunset walk. It’s been so hot here this week but we had a quick storm this evening that cooled everything down nicely. It ended up being a perfect summer night.

I wanted to share two things with you. The first are words. This is what I read my yoga class on Wednesday night. It was 95 degrees in the middle of the week of 4th of July and I walked in to find 55 people ready to practice yoga in a 100 degree room at 6 p.m. To say that my heart was rocked is an understatement.

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One of our front desk staffers saw this taped up in a bathroom in a country gas station. After some Googling, it seems to be a well-circulated poem by Robert Paul Gilles Jr., but how special to see it in someone’s handwriting in a gas station in the middle of no where?

I got really vulnerable and shared how I relate to this poem, and I was touched after class to have so many of them share that they relate as well.

This was the soundtrack to class.

And this is the soundtrack to life lately. When I’m not teaching or training, I want to be holed up and working at home. It’s where I am most productive and able to recharge my batteries. I love music in the background. I’ve been feeling really uninspired by my go-to Spotify work playlists lately so I made my own “workflow” playlist that features 9 hours of chilled out, ambient tunes.

Enjoy.

Sending lots of love to all of you. <3 <3 <3

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  • 1
    Stephanie July 7, 2016, 11:10 pm

    Wow, that is so powerful! Thanks for sharing! I re-read it about three times. Love reading your blog – thanks for everything!

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    Jackie July 7, 2016, 11:12 pm

    Thank you for this post, especially that poem. It is exactly what I needed to read tonight. I am struggling with something that is just consuming my every waking thought, even though it is a situation I have no control over and I really do need to let go. I needed to hear those words-“to let go is not to betray the past but to have faith in the future”. That sounds so hopeful!

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    Tara July 8, 2016, 2:04 pm

    what a lovely poem ! im sitting at my desk here reading it sorta pissed at some people at work. im going to read this like 20xs ! I like the part about not being in the middle controlling outcomes but letting others fulfill their destiny. particularly as a manager of others at work i feel like i have to always step in and find answers for people. ive been trying to back off lately so that others can grow and that line (though obviously work tasks are not “destiny”) sorta spoke to me in this regard. i’m not abandoning them, i’m letting them grow ! What a awesome thing to see in a random place like that !

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    Amy July 11, 2016, 8:12 pm

    Hi Jen! I love your workflow! It’s perfect for computer & writing time. Thanks for sharing!

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    erin July 24, 2016, 12:45 pm

    absolutely touching poem & playlist…two of my favorite things.
    thank you for this!

    • 6
      Jen DeCurtins July 28, 2016, 5:04 pm

      So glad you enjoyed. xx

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